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A Mother’s Love

Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s a little thought for all mothers and grandmothers.


images.jpg       Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  You see being a mother is so much more than genetic makeup.  And although conceiving a child and all that it entails is truly one of God’s greatest miracles, the journey of being a mother takes much commitment, strength, and LOVE!

It is said that a mother’s love is a reflection of God’s love. A mother’s love is eternal, pure, and unconditional.  She rejoices with her child’s happiness and cries with their disappointments.

A mother’s love never fails or falters. It is deeper than the ocean’s depth and infinitely wider. She is her child’s first friend, and more importantly the most genuine. She instinctively knows when her child feels sad or burdened by struggles, without ever having to exchange a single word.

A mother is the constant and the rock on which her children stand.

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Looking Ahead

jesus-returnLooking Ahead           

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (2 Peter 3:14).

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:14–18
Song: “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”

I met Smeedy at the Carpenter Shop, a teen outreach ministry in Reedley, California. He rarely missed a service or function. Smeedy was the first to arrive and the last to leave. He always carried a paperback Good News for Modern Man, which he folded in half and tucked into the right back pocket of his jeans. When not reading this Bible, he was praying. Sometimes you had to interrupt him if you wanted to speak with him.

A few kids thought Smeedy’s behavior a little strange. And yes, he was a unique personality. But to me, he seemed like the real deal—the kind of Christian mentioned in the book of Acts. I respected his dedication and faith in God.

judgment-daySmeedy believed Jesus could return at any time. So he’d often ask people whether they were ready to stand before God and give an account of their lives. The approach didn’t endear him with everyone. But we know that the disciples shared the same concern. In today’s verse, Peter looks forward to a future day in eternity called the Day of the Lord. Since this day of reckoning is approaching, Peter exhorts us to conduct our lives accordingly.

Lord, help me live in expectation of what lies ahead in eternity. Until then, may my conduct be acceptable in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Looking Ahead” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Use It or Lose It! — Devotions for Teachers…

Labor Day is here, students are going back to school, and teachers are preparing for another year. This blog post is an important reminder, not just for teachers, but also for all of us.

God places us where we are to accomplish considerable exploits on His behalf. He has great expectations for us. It’s written in His word. Therefore, as Christians, and Christian teachers, we instinctively understand we are to increase what He puts in our hands. Amen? Matthew 25:14-30 New Living Translation (NLT) 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can […]

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Belts of the King

Leather BeltBelts of the King

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist (Isaiah 11:5, New King James Version).

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
Song: “Jesus Shall Reign”

“You’re just one of them city-slickers.” That’s how my uncles from Oklahoma pegged me, and they were right. At 12 years old, I’d lived my whole life near the crowded metropolis of Los Angeles, California.

Bar X ReunionMy uncles didn’t dress like city people either. They all wore manila-white cowboy hats, made of straw, as big as umbrellas. I’d never seen anything like those hats. If I wore something like that to school, I would be laughed out of class. Even so, when Uncle Lance offered me one, I grabbed it without hesitation.        (That’s me in the middle)

What impressed me most were the belts my uncles wore. Hand-tooled, made of tanned leather, they sported silver buckles the size of dinner plates. The buckles had various markings. My father told me these were brands, identifying the type of ranch each uncle owned.

Likewise, the Lord has belts symbolizing His kingdom. One represents His righteousness, the other His faithfulness. And He owns the entire realm—every star, every planet, and everything else beyond the waving of His hand.              

Even the garments You wear, Father, reflect the attributes of Your kingdom. One day, I hope to visit this kingdom and greet You in person. Through Christ, my Lord, amen.

“Belts of the King” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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